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Health care services at county jail on the Kandiyohi County Board agenda for Dec. 20

The Kandiyohi County Board will meet for the last time in 2022 on Tuesday. The agenda includes a letter from MEnD Correctional Care terminating health care services at the jail.

Kandiyohi County Jail in Willmar
MEnD Correctional Care, which has provided health care services at county jails across the state, including in Kandiyohi County, has filed for bankruptcy and will no longer be offering services.
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WILLMAR — Following its bankruptcy filing at the end of November, MEnD has sent a letter to Kandiyohi County, saying it will no longer be able to provide correctional health care services at the county jail within the next 90 days.

The letter is on the agenda for the Kandiyohi County Board meeting, which will take place at 9 a .m. Tuesday in the boardroom of the county Health and Human Services building in Willmar.

MEnD has been dealing with lawsuits and reports of inadequate care to inmates. Its owner, Dr. Todd Leonard, had his medical license suspended in January 2022 by the state medical board due to Leonard's actions in regard to the death of an inmate in Beltrami County.

The letter to the Kandiyohi County Board said that while MEnD will try to provide adequate care during the 90-day notice period, which began Dec. 1, it would be in the county's best interest to find a new provider as soon as possible. That 90-day period will end Feb. 28, 2023.

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The Tuesday meeting is also the last meeting for outgoing Commissioner Rollie Nissen. He has served on the board for two terms.

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Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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